May’s Dream Heads Blazer Stakes Field 2014

Darren Weir’s Group 1 winning mare May’s Dream is one of the top rated final acceptors for the 2014 Blazer Stakes at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday.

May's Dream

May's Dream is a top chance second-up in Saturday's Blazer Stakes 2014. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The New Approach four-year-old is one of 16 hopefuls making up the field for this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) which runs as Race 8 on Turnbull Stakes Day on the weekend.

Drawn in gate four with Brad Rawiller to ride she’s second-up for the season following a seventh to Girl Guide in the unsuitably short Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on September 20.

Up over more distance she’s a better shot on Saturday in the Blazer Stakes then especially as May’s Dream is undefeated second-up with three wins from as many starts two runs into her campaigns.

Before her break the Wangoom-based mare was in top form including a Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) win in Adelaide on April 26.

Weir has also accepted for Lonhspresso (barrier six), the Lonhro five-year-old out to improve on two below par runs this season including a 12th in the Bobbie Lewis last time out.

Another Blazer Stakes runner that ran in the Schweppes Australasian Oaks during the autumn is third placegetter Scratchy Bottom.

She has a wide gate 13 draw to overcome first-up on Saturday however with Dwayne Dunn to ride the Michael Kent-trained Sebring four-year-old.

After the Oaks Scratchy Bottom was stepped up in distance again and was a nice second behind Kushadasi in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) on May 3, Saturday her first run since and she’s undefeated first-up (2-2-0-0).

The next highest rated mare in the Blazer Stakes field after May’s Dream meanwhile is the Pat Hyland-trained Bonaria who is drawn well in gate two with Michael Rodd engaged for the ride.

Six-year-old Bonaria was a close fourth behind Commanding Jewel in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at the track three weeks ago when defeated just over half a length, an effort she’s tipped to improve on here with a run now under her belt for the season.

Drawn at the other end of the field with the wide barrier 14 to overcome is then the Robert Smerdon-trained Politeness.

Craig Williams rides the Street Sense four-year-old taking over for Mark Zahra who was aboard the Group 3 winner when she returned running fourth in the How Now Stakes.

Other notable Blazer Stakes acceptors include Nigel Blackiston’s local Thorn Park mare Suavito coming off two good runs including a 1400m win at Caulfield in August, Let’s Elope Stakes third placegetter Nautical and Robbie Griffiths’ always honest five-year-old Nadeem Lass with the outside barrier.

See below for the full Blazer Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.

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2014 Blazer Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 8 (5:00pm) – 04/10/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 228x4131x7 MAY’S DREAM Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 4 57kg 101
2 x31107x684 BONARIA Pat Hyland Michael Rodd 2 57kg 102
3 58x4120x00 LONHSPRESSO Darren Weir Ben Melham 6 57kg 96
4 3737x621x4 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 14 57kg 93
5 x1113x70x6 ENQUARE Jason McLachlan Craig Newitt 8 56kg 92
6 111x34310x GIRL IN FLIGHT Robbie Griffiths Kerrin McEvoy 15 54.5kg 86
7 87771×5726 MEZERAY MISS Matt Laurie Damian Lane 3 54.5kg 76
8 263x1224x0 MINNIE DOWNS Brian Cox Regan Bayliss (a) 11 54kg 89
9 1×22041218 JESSY BELLE Luke Oliver Chris Symons 5 54kg 83
10 12x3276x12 SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston James Winks 7 54kg 87
11 14x14532x SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent Dwayne Dunn 13 54kg 78
12 1547x210x3 NAUTICAL Nikki Burke 12 54kg 90
13 x521034x40 FOREVER LOVED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Vlad Duric 10 54kg 89
14 4269262483 NADEEM LASS Robbie Griffiths Dean Yendall 16 54kg 78
15 x19x1121x0 DIG A PONY Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 54kg 78
16 251x2313x9 LADY CUMQUAT Darren Weir 9 54kg 81


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